Research on LINX recently published

Research on LINX recently published

By Brian E. Louie, MD
Director of Thoracic Research and Education

The Swedish Thoracic Surgery team recently had results from a study published in Annals of Thoracic Surgery, "Short-Term Outcomes Using Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation Versus Nissen Fundoplication for Medically Resistant Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease", in which a retrospective case-control study was performed of consecutive patients undergoing either procedure who had chronic gastrointestinal esophageal disease (GERD) and a hiatal hernia of less than 3 cm. Based on the study, the LINX device appears to restore the sphincter barrier function and preserve normal physiology which enables belching and vomiting. Click here to read more about the study, or click here to read a news release featuring this study and another study on LINX.
 

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Brian E. Louie, MD
Thanks for passing this along. As you can tell from the article, the company was nearly out of business for a while and this is the first I had heard that they were back in the business of antireflux surgery. You should expect outcomes similar to the transoral incisionless fundoplication from Esophyx. Those results show that GERD symptoms are improved but the objective control of reflux based on pH analysis is not very good.

We have looked at both endoscopic fundoplications but are not enthused at the current time.
9/18/2014 12:56:08 PM
michael
Dr. Louie,

what do you think of this:

http://news.yahoo.com/medigus-launches-device-treat-acid-reflux-without-surgery-101944405--finance.html

http://www.medigus.com/


Appreciate your opinion.
9/13/2014 6:25:20 AM
Brian E. Louie, MD
Lee, It seems like you would be a great candidate for LINX. You will need to be evaluated.

In San Diego it's Dr Horan at UCSD and in Los Angeles it is Dr. Lipham at Hoag and USC or Dr Demeester at USC.
8/26/2014 11:38:35 AM
Lee Ellis
Dr. Louie, I just upped my dose of Prilosec OTC per my doctor's recommendation to 80mg a day. 40 AM and 40 PM. This controlled the heartburn but I had an allergic reaction after about 3 days- red spots on foot and palms with palms itching, hands swelling dark red blisters under my tongue with swelling. Benadryl is helping with the reaction and I am taking 2- 150mg of Zantac per day now mixed with 40mg a day Prilosec-20 AM and 20 PM. I am still having lots of heartburn especially at night. I am considering the LINX procedure since the medications are starting to have these side effects. What are your thoughts? Can you recommend a surgeon in Southern California?

Thank you, Lee Ellis
8/24/2014 11:13:02 AM
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